Connecticut Rings in the New Year With Additional Taxes

This article was published on: 01/1/20 3:50 AM by Mike Minarsky

The roaring twenties is going to start in Connecticut with some brand new taxes.  New items have been added to start the new year off with a bang!  Sales tax will be added for interior design services, safety equipment, parking, and dry cleaning services.  However, 2020 brings an end to the Business Entity Tax (BET) which was a $250 tax every other year just to say that you can do business in the state of Connecticut.  Don’t get overly joyful because annual business filing fees jump 300%, this according to the CBIA.

When it comes to safety equipment, here are some items as defined by Connecticut’s Dept of Revenue Services that will now be subject to Connecticut’s 6.35% sales tax.

  • Safety belts and harnesses for fall prevention
  • Climbing spikes
  • Window cleaners’ safety straps
  • Lanyard (connection between body belt or body harness to lifeline or anchorage)
  • Lifeline (anchors lanyard to the structure)
  • Goggles
  • Safety glasses
  • Mouthpieces
  • Ear plugs or ear muffs
  • Helmets or hard hats
  • Face shields/masks
  • Filtering face pieces (dust masks)
  • Respirators, such as air-purifying respirators or atmosphere-supplying respirators, including supplied-air respirators and self-contained breathing apparatus, and supplies required for the  equipment to operate, such as replacement filters and oxygen canisters or tanks
  • Gloves (such as disposable, insulated, leather mesh, aluminized, chemical resistant, surgical)
  • Anti-vibration gloves and wrist supports
  • Finger cots
  • Rubber sleeves
  • Protective aprons
  • Encapsulating chemical protective suits
  • Flame resistant boots, jackets, and pants
  • Proximity suits
  • Bullet-proof vests
  • Life preservers or life jackets
  • Reflective work vests
  • Laboratory coats and gowns (nonpermeable or otherwise treated)
  • Disposable paper clothing
  • Shin covers
  • Logging chaps and Kevlar pants/leg protection
  • Metatarsal protection
  • Safety shoes and safety boots
  • Shoe covers
  • Protective equipment for professional athletes, instructors, and coaches
You can view the entire list at Taxable Safety Items as of 1/1/2020 in Ct


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